I'm A Celeb bosses boost security

Security has been stepped up at the 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' camp because a violent murderer is on the loose and could be hiding nearby

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Michael Buerk

I'm a Celebrity contestant Michael Buerk

Security has been stepped up at the 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' camp because there is a murderer on the loose.

ITV bosses have reportedly taken extra measures to protect the contestants - who include Michael Buerk, Vicki Michelle, Jimmy Bullard and Melanie Sykes - following a "shocking" incident in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, which is just five miles away from where the show is filmed, causing police to worry their suspect is hiding out in the jungle.

An ITV source said: "We have a security team on site. The safety and security of our celebrities and crew is of the utmost importance."

The shocking incident took place when a man in his 40s was stabbed in the eye during a raid on his home. The day after he returned home from hospital, the same attacker is alleged to have killed him and injured his 25-year-old son.

A local resident told The Sun newspaper: "It's a sleepy place and we're not used to this sort of thing happening.

"It was a shocking thing to happen and we're still reeling from it."

A New South Wales police spokesman added: "The investigation into this case continues."

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